Review: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace

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Published: 6 March 2018

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Category: Poetry/Feminism

The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one.
Rating: 4 Stars
Caution warning: from the author: “sensitive material relating to: child abuse, intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, eating disorders, trauma, death, murder, violence, fire, menstruation, transphobia, and more.”

Amanda Lovelace renewed my love of poetry with her first collection of poems, The Princess Saves Herself in This One. The amount of Post-its I used to mark up the meaningful parts baffles the mind. When I saw that her second book, The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One, was available on NetGalley I leaped at the chance to experience more of her intense, personal, beautiful words.

haven’t you

ever wished

you could

dance

in the ashes

of everyone who

ever doubted your worth

& scoffed at

your words?

 

There are a lot of topics covered within the pages of this book and it’s done so eloquently. Amanda knows words and her craft is executed well. There are poems where the meaning is deeper, some where it’s surface level. There are lines that jump out at you for the accuracy they give.

 

they don’t even know what’s coming. how cute.

 

I found a strong feminist voice coming through on the page. It faced off against toxic masculinity, against societal expectations; for women, for yourself. The content isn’t only about the here and now. The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One reaches back in time and traces the path that women have carved out of history to the modern day and offers a view of how the present, the future, can be.

 

they scratched it

out the history books,

but on all the

great innovations

you will find

scorch marks

in the shape of

a woman’s

magnificent handprint.

do not forget:

we need to be

the history books

now.

– women are libraries about to burst

 

There are moments that could be difficult to read and more than could be impactful, that will remind you that there is magic within, a fire that can ignite and inspire, consume, and empower.

 

“burn whoever tries to burn you.”

                                – coven rule #2

 

 

 

 

 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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